When it comes to late-night dining — whether you're winding down from the club, just getting off work or craving a midnight bite — SA's options are growing and varying from taco joints to bona fide eateries serving Italian fare.
Taco lovers can find their fix within the usual suspects (aka their favorite late night taco truck). Parked outside Hardbodies (2726 N. St. Mary's St.), El Regio serves up tiny tacos topped with crumbled queso fresco and fresh avocado (seeing the dancers in their Magic Mike ensembles also makes for a fun story). Or if you're hitting up the Main Strip, a trip to Las Salsas (2018 San Pedro Ave.) is in order so you chow down on chips, breakfast tacos and more.
When it comes to 24-hour joints, head to any of three Los Roberto's Taco Shop locations — off Bitters, Loop 410 and TPC Parkway — for round-the-clock offerings, or visit old favorites such as Taco Cabana, Mama Margie's or Las Palapas (open 24 hours on weekends). Each carries a sizable menu of signature Tex-Mex dishes and frozen margs that will get the job done. You can't mention Taco C without a tip of the hat to Whataburger, the main source of calories for college students outside of cheap pasta. They start serving breakfast at 11 p.m. for a reason, that being so you can take in potato, egg and cheese taquitos (thankfully that egg shortage isn't affecting the chain these days).
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More 24-hour options are found at Chacho's (multiple locations), where you can find giant nachos, a perennial favorite in our Best of San Antonio poll. And what's a night out without a pit stop at Mi Tierra (218 Produce Row), which stays open 24/7 in a cheery space decked with twinkling lights and papel picado? Stumble in and order a fresh-baked concha, some menudo or a plate of flautas.
Go the diner route and visit Mary Ann's Pig Stand (1508 Broadway), which stays open till 2 a.m. on weekends with breakfast and pies; Lulu's Bakery and Café (918 N. Main Ave.) will lure you in with chicken-fried steak and signature three-pound cinnamon rolls for when the munchies hit; while Luther's Café (1503 N. Main Ave.) will satiate late-night cravings with burgers and comfort food in a lively, LGBT-friendly location.
If you're jonesin' for Italian at night, Barbaro's (2720 McCullough Ave.) kitchen (open until 11:30 p.m. on weeknights and 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday) cranks out a fried lasagna that's amassed quite the following, while sister location Hot Joy (1014 S. Alamo St.) doles out kooky takes on late-night snackage that spans the globe. The kitchen at TBA (2801 N. St. Mary's St.) stays open until 1 a.m. with gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, among other pressed goodies. Or keep it vegan with a trip to La Botánica (2911 N. St. Mary's St.), which opened its doors in June with colorful empanadas, tacos and faux ceviche.